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Meaning of bate

bate

Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
— v., bat•ed, bat•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
  2. to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.
—v.i.
  1. to diminish or subside; abate.
  2. with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense: We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.

bate

Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
— v., n. bat•ed, bat•ing,
—v.i.
  1. (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
—n.
  1. a state of violent anger or fear.

bate

Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
— v., n. bat•ed, bat•ing,
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
—n.
  1. the solution used.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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